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Amanda Lee Falkenberg : Associate Artist

Composing is a deeply nourishing experience, playing with endless sounds, textures and color, evoking emotional landscapes of great diversity, excitement, drama and passion, that is when I feel so grateful for this language that transports and brings a level of transcendence to all.

Photo of Amanda Lee Falkenberg

Photo: Ben Ealovega


International award-winning composer and pianist Australian born Amanda Lee Falkenberg began her journey into composition through years spent in ballet studios as an accompanist, including the Australian Ballet company in 2000. She wrote over 120 pieces to accompany ballet dancers as they trained, which led to her Moving With Music album series.

In 2003 her first full-length orchestral ballet was commissioned, Edge of the World, and performed by the International Barossa Music Festival Orchestra with the prestigious Leigh Warren and Dancers, which received glowing reviews from the national press.

Inspired by visual imagery, Falkenberg's natural progression led her to write for film and TV, stage plays, documentaries, animation series and feature films, including her cinematic soundtrack to the screen adaption of Wilfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands.

In 2017, she conducted the world premiere of her orchestral suite Sea Trilogy with the London Film Music Orchestra at their Gala Concert. Later that year, she completed her Arabian inspired concerto for piano and orchestra, Crossing of the Crescent Moon, after which she began her next large scale project, THE MOONS SYMPHONY.

Described by The Beauty of Space Art Authors Jon Ramer and Ron Miller as

"…one of the most extraordinary achievements in space-inspired music, and perhaps the first to be accomplished in direct collaboration with astronomers and scientists",

In May, 2022 THE MOONS SYMPHONY received it's professional recording with Marin Alsop conducting the London Symphony Orchestra with Ben Parry directing the London Voices. UK based record label Signum CLASSICS are signed on as distributors for the physical and digital album to be released on October 7, 2022.

Falkenberg has presented the work and its scientific inspiration to global audiences including the NASA/JPL, Caltech, the Planetary Society of Los Angeles live radio show in Imperial College London 2022, the London Science Museum, COP26 in Glasgow, 2021, the Dubai Expo in 2021, the Euro Planet Science Congress EPSC in Geneva, 2019, and the TEDx Youth Conference, 2018.

In 2020 the Corporate Vision magazine awarded THE MOONS SYMPHONY their Media Innovative Award and recognized the work as the:

"Most Promising Modern Orchestral Symphony Production 2020".

Falkenberg has received many nominations and won multiple international contests, including the Great American Song Contest, Marvin Hamlisch emerging film composer contest in New York, the International Composition Competition in Italy, Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), and the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Amanda Lee Falkenberg — current to August 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample A travelled road : piano quintet (2000) Commissioned for the Barossa International Music Festival 2000, for the Composers Academy